Instructional Expectations

Instructional Expectations

Elementary math instruction is grounded in the K-12 Math Process Standards, Profile of a Graduate, and Profile of an Educator.

K-12 Math Process Standards

The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding.  The student is expected to:

  • apply problem solving skills to real world situations involving mathematics;
  • use problem-solving strategies that incorporate analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution;
  • select tools, including manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems;
  • communicate, create and analyze mathematical relationships using multiple representations (i.e. symbols, diagrams, graphs, and vocabulary as appropriate);
  • display, explain, and justify mathematical ideas and arguments using precise mathematical language in written or oral communication.


Workshop Model
 - The workshop model instructional format is utilized in classrooms on a daily basis.

  • Opening (15-20% of class time)
    • Introductory Mini- Lesson 
  • Work-time (45-50% of class time)
    • Solo time is critical to give students a chance to experience cognitive struggle before collaborating with the teacher or other students.  
    • Partner and group time is designed to give students experience working with others, comparing/explaining solution strategies, and providing opportunities to participate in academic discourse that focuses on the learning task.  
  • Closing (20-25% of class time)
    • Students share their thinking and strategies used during work-time.  
    • Closings should focus on solidifying what the students know and address misconceptions.  
  • Wrap-up (5% of class time)
    • Instructions are given for assignments and/or preparing for next lesson.


Journals (Evidence of Student Thinking/Work)  

  • Journals are a compilation of student thinking, solution strategies, and reflections.  
  • Journals will be used on a daily basis.


Writing Expectations

  • Writing occurs daily in the math classrooms.
  • Students problem solve, analyze problems, and justify their thinking.
  • Writing consists of precise mathematical language and vocabulary.